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Monday, November 28, 2022

College basketball star, 21, killed in mass shooting in Manhattan

College basketball star, 21, killed in mass shooting in Manhattan

Darius Lee, a 21-year-old college basketball player, was killed early Monday in a mass shooting in New York City.

All were taken to district hospitals, where Li died.

The gun was seized on the spot. Police were unable to provide more details about the circumstances of the shooting, and no arrests were made. The investigation is ongoing.

Lee played for Houston Baptist University, whose statement says he was killed at a meeting in his native Harlem. He was on track to complete his bachelor’s degree in December and was recently named HBU Robbie Robertson Student Athlete of the Year.

“We are devastated. Darius was a wonderful young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his family, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family,” men’s basketball head coach Ron Cottrell said in a statement.

“We are in shock and cannot recover from this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister, and his entire family, and for our basketball team.”

“As great a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person. I can’t even think about basketball right now. I can only think of how bright Darius was during his short stay on earth. It was a pleasure to train with him and we loved him very much.”

According to the HBU, Lee was selected to the All-Southland Conference Second Team for the 2021-22 season, led the HBU Huskies in scoring and rebounding, and was sixth in the nation in steals per game.

University athletics director Steve Moniachi said in a statement that Lee was “a very good young man with a very bright future both on and off the court.”

“Unfortunately, this is yet another example of the senseless gun violence that seems to be haunting our country right now, and we are all praying for it to stop,” he said.

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